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RICKY: International Karate has just been re-released by Prism at the budget price of £2.99. It's practically the same as The Way Of The Exploding Fist, but much cruder; the only significant visible difference is in the backgrounds, which take you around the world in five screens.
There are also bonus screens where you can earn extra points by shattering blocks of wood.
But playability is marred by the milliard of keys your fingers have to grapple with.
The game's one redeeming feature is the excellent speech as the scores are called out. I wasn't enthralled by International Karate - it's not very addictive or playable.
ROBIN: International Karate took a long time to actually appear after it was first announced, and I wasn't impressed when I did see it. It still seems awkward to play, and the graphics are disappointing.